Nirmala Sitharaman

BUDGET: FM Announces Support For RTS, Offshore Wind and EV Manufacturing

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced the Union Budget 2024 today. Speaking in Lok Sabha, the finance minister discussed the recently announced Pradhan Mantri (PM) Suryodaya Scheme. On January 22, PM Narendra Modi announced the connection of one crore households with rooftop solar. In her budget speech, the finance minister talked about the savings of […]

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BUDGET: EV Sector Pins Hopes On FAME-3, Tax Revisions

With the expected culmination of the FAME-II scheme, Electric Vehicle (EV) manufacturers, battery makers and charging infrastructure developers have pinned hopes on the Union Budget 2024. The most awaited decision is on the likely announcement of the rollout of FAME-III with revised norms. The grapevine had it that the budget could turn the focus on […]

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Budgetary Allocation for Solar Sees Upward Thrust, But Wind Slumps

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has placed eminence on green growth in Budget 2023-24. Consequently, a slew of announcements and schemes have been announced. Off-grid and grid-connecting solar projects as well as PM-KUSUM has also see a major increase in budgetary allocation. An outlay of Rs 7327 crore has been approved towards the scheme for both […]

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NIIFL Signs Agreement with Tamil Nadu for Renewable Energy Projects

The National Investment and Infrastructure Fund Ltd (NIIFL) has announced that it has signed an MoU with the Tamil Nadu Infrastructure Development Board (TNIDB) to attract investment in infrastructure development in the southern state. This will also include attracting commercial capital in the renewable energy sector. The State Government of Tamil Nadu has set up […]

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Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Launches ‘Women in Solar Energy’ Portal

Women should be at the center of energy transition and drive India’s renewable energy journey growth story, says India’s Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman at the NSEFI’s (National Solar Energy Federation of India) ‘Women in Energy’ event. On November 21, 2022, The National Solar Energy Federation of India (NSEFI) hosted a conference on women in the […]

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Mizoram Looks Towards Centre to Fund Solar Water Pumps

An official statement from the State Government of Mizoram has revealed that the State has asked for funding from the Central Government for solar water pumps. The pumps are to assist the farmers of the State and help provide water for farm irrigation. The statement held that last week, the Agriculture Minister C Lalrinsanga had […]

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EV Batteries in 5% GST Bracket to Support Faster Adoption

The GST rates on lithium-ion battery packs have been reduced by the government from 18 percent to 5 per cent which is the lowest tax category. A statement by the Finance Ministry held, “Electric vehicles, whether or not fitted with a battery pack, are eligible for the concessional GST rate of 5 percent.” This was […]

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NSEFI Writes To Fin Min For GST Concessions On Green Technologies

Leading solar body NSEFI (National Solar Energy Federation of India) has pitched to Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, asking for concessional GST and custom duties on emerging technologies and goods essential to encouraging the green transition. “As emerging technologies require time and scale to reach price parity with existing carbon-based energy systems, concessional GST & Custom […]

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EV Charging- current status/ challenges and way forward

By Kunwer Sachdev India’s interest in adopting clean mobility is now firm and clear. The government of India has taken steps towards encouraging an EV ecosystem in the country through the FAME policies, reduction of GST on EVs, and most recently, the Production Linked Incentives. The idea is to create an economic environment for EV […]

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